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by mreece
Fri Jul 08, 2005 6:28 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Post CO discussion?
Replies: 11
Views: 6506

Not really, as we were rusty and playing poorly anyhow. Also, I'm not quite sure how the difficulty enters into it; CO wasn't exceptionally difficult this year, as far as I could tell. This is what I get for posting without really thinking about what I'm writing. I agree with Selene's assessment of...
by mreece
Fri Jul 08, 2005 6:11 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Post CO discussion?
Replies: 11
Views: 6506

(though the 620-5 victory over a Reece/Onyisi led Cornell is certainly quite impressive.)
Not really, as we were rusty and playing poorly anyhow. Also, I'm not quite sure how the difficulty enters into it; CO wasn't exceptionally difficult this year, as far as I could tell.
by mreece
Fri Jul 08, 2005 4:22 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Future Science Monstrosity Events
Replies: 6
Views: 4223

My opinion probably shouldn't matter since I have never played in one of these tournaments, but I think I would be much more likely to play at one that allowed 2-person teams. I think it's more reasonable for the tournament to have challenging questions in all subjects if teams have two players; two...
by mreece
Fri Jun 24, 2005 6:26 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Mathematics and calculators
Replies: 33
Views: 20424

Modern pedagogies have no need for all of the various substitution tricks that can be done. Any of a number of tools can be used to solve that plasma discharge integral. You don't have to do it. It is a misnomer that somehow the ability to do that integral makes you smarter or better prepared, unle...
by mreece
Fri Apr 08, 2005 2:34 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: ACF Nationals aftermath/discussion
Replies: 50
Views: 60851

I don't really feel like getting involved in this argument. I've made a suggestion that might or might not prove acceptable, and I have little else to offer. But I do want to say one more thing, briefly: I think a straw man is being attacked in some of the posts here. How many science players make t...
by mreece
Wed Apr 06, 2005 4:04 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: ACF Nationals aftermath/discussion
Replies: 50
Views: 60851

difficulty

I was afraid "fluctuation-dissipation theorem" was a bit on the hard side, but I was trying to come up with non-obvious stat mech / condensed matter questions to offset my personal bias toward particle physics / field theory, and the theorem does seem to be among the more important results...
by mreece
Thu Dec 09, 2004 5:51 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2004-2005 Predictions?
Replies: 23
Views: 14284

setht wrote:Fortunately, we have started working on a top-secret current events-destroying cyborg, using a small fraction of our club budget of infinity dollars.
What is it with Chicago and cyborgs, anyway?
by mreece
Mon Sep 06, 2004 11:53 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Writing questions out of Wikipedia
Replies: 12
Views: 7936

online physics/mathematics

Hi Susan -- Almost anything you could want to know about physics or mathematics is readily available on the web. In both fields heavy use is made of the archive -- http://www.arxiv.org -- where all new papers are posted before they are published. Print journals are essentially ignored in many fields...